UK robotics company Cyberselves has developed a “telepresence” technology that allows humans to teleport into a robot and control it in an intuitive, immersive way. The human operators can see, hear and feel through the robot, allowing them to perform tasks from vast distances. The technology can provide remote support in hazardous environments, telemedicine and space exploration.
“Our Teleport app makes the remote operation of robots both powerfully effective and functionally simple. With a smart phone, browser or VR headset, the user can take remote control of any robot in a way that is intuitive to the human body. The system has already been integrated with underwater ROVs, land-based UGVs and humanoid social robots,” said Daniel Camilleri, Cyberselves’s co-founder and chief technology officer.
A combination of cloud robotics, VR, AI and haptic feedback makes the long-distance immersion possible. A two-way communication between operator and robot is achieved over a Cyberselves’s cloud-based, low-latency communications platform called Animus. The company’s versatility of its ‘teleport’ application allows it to be used on any hardware- and operating-system-compatible robot.
Cyberselves recently received funding for two projects managed by the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) – the TEL-E3 project that integrates UGVs with immersive control and haptic feedback, and the TEL-SUBSEA project that is developing telexistence technologies for underwater robots, alongside partners Resolve Robotics and the National Robotarium, hosted at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University.